Thieves & Kings
Baroness Neria Blackshield
Ruler of Thornkeep
“For a long time, I feel I have carried nothing else but hopes and dreams. But now, here, in this place, with you, and with my freedom, I feel… reborn. As if I have a life to lead.”
Baroness Neria Blackshield is the daughter of Baron Tervin Blackshield and Lady Ivis Blackshield and the most recent ruler of Thornkeep. Intelligent and determined, Neria seeks to make a name for herself, following in her father’s footsteps as a formidable warrior, leader, and conqueror. She shares her father’s youthful thirst for adventure and wishes to explore faraway lands, despite his recent lethargy and rough attitude. She has a certain possessive attitude towards her quiet brother Halst, and looks out for him.
Neria is kind, elegant, and sophisticated, as well as a hopeless romantic. Many see her as a slightly naive and carefree young woman as a result of being sheltered for most of her life. She was always very loyal to her parents and usually obeyed their rules respectfully, although she may have disagreed with them. Those who take the time to know her, find she has matured and become more self-assured, proactive, independent and confident in her opinions and abilities than she lets on. She is also smart enough to recognize that she will one day be married off for the good of the realm, and is willing to follow the lead of her mother for the sake of her family.
Neria is a young woman, blessed with wavy waist-length auburn hair, violet eyes, a tall and slender figure, and lips that shame the rose. Her complexion is fair and flawless, and unlike her mother, her face is less rounded and more refined, giving her an appearance of maturity rather than youth.
Typically, even with her status, she wears commoner’s clothing, more in nature with her out-going and active lifestyle. She is often seen wearing a simple sleeveless calf-length dress of light gray wool and goes barefoot. In these situations, she is also usually sporting her favorite purple headband to tie and hold her braided tresses high on her head. On formal occasions, she wears pastel or leather gowns with simple silver jewellery, wool or wolf fur wraps, and fine laced boots. She is equally comfortable in either, and dresses to the occasion.
Neria Blackshield was born in TR 1034, and raised as a noblewoman, displaying this conduct in all her dealings. She values her family and is devoted to her mother, though she doesn’t understand her, nor her politics, but longs to make her mark on the realm in some way. She shows an unusual loyalty to them, despite her father’s indifference, and a clear difference of opinion and understanding about how the world works with her mother.
Neria has been training as a warrior for the last few years and though inexperienced in hard combat, she has potential, relying on her speed and stamina rather than the brute strength of her guards. Physically she is in very good shape and has displayed traits of good leadership, knowing she is pretty enough to turn her guards heads. She trains daily under the tutelage of Ser Kranstin Shearwater, attempting to master the arts of bow and blade, siege and battle.
With the abandonment of the throne of Thornkeep by her father, Neria was slated to inherit the realm at the next monthly moot, on the evening of the 15th of Echos, TR 1049. She was crowned at this ceremony with an arcane relic, known officially as the Crown of the Wolf Baron, though how such a relic came into her possession remains unmentioned. She wears the relic during all public occasions. After the events of the Night of Teeth, she has expressed an interest in welcoming Mistress Vesina “Shearwater” to court as her friend, and possibly as a maid.